Road Bike Tire Test: Continental Grand Prix 5000 All Season TR 25

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  • Continental Grand Prix 5000 All Season TR 25
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)
Pro Members get 11-point radar charts



Continental Grand Prix 5000 All Season TR 25 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Continental Grand Prix 5000 AllSeason (AS) TR is a new addition to Continental's tubeless road bike range. It offers more grip, puncture resistance, and better durability than the hugely popular Grand Prix 5000 S TR. The Grand Prix 5000 AllSeason TR is a tire we've been waiting for as we always felt a bit underwhelmed by the 5000 S TR (read our review) as it was a more racing oriented tire than the older Grand Prix 5000 TL it replaced.


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With the introduction of the 5000 AllSeason TR, Continental now gives you a choice between racing performance with balanced puncture resistance and grip (5000 S TR) or substituting some performance and get better puncture resistance and extreme (wet) grip in return (5000 AllSeason TR). And yes, our test results show grip is extremely good, making this the go-to tire for everyone unwilling to sacrifice grip for performance.


So what's different about the AllSeason TR when compared to the S TR? Both tires use Continental's Black Chili compound, but what's important, and Continental isn't clear about this, is that the AllSeason TR uses a different specification of the Black Chili compound that's more optimized for grip. We've had our suspicions of the existence of different specifications of the Black Chili compound for several years. After testing the 5000 AllSeason TR, we're now 100% sure different specifications of the Black Chili compound exist.


We're trying to understand why Continental isn't more clear about the Black Chili compound, as it would help many riders make a better choice when choosing Continental tires. Adding something like S for Speed, G for Grip, and X for balanced would help tremendously.


The other thing that's different on the 5000 AllSeason TR is the casing design. The sidewalls are much more robust and now have 4 layers of 110 TPI casing material instead of the 3 layers on the 5000 S TR. Under the tire's tread section, we still see only 2 layers of casing material, which is the same as on the 5000 S TR. The casing design corresponds with our test results as our puncture resistance test shows a 50% increase in sidewall puncture resistance, while the tread puncture resistance has only increased by 20%.


The increased tread puncture resistance mostly comes from the slightly thicker tread we find on the 5000 AllSeason TR, and this also means there is more tread to wear down. We're not sure if the tread will actually last more miles as we don't have a test to measure a tire's mileage, but given the different spec of Black Chili compound, it might be a bit softer. The actual mileage a tire can do depends on many factors, and sometimes a softer and better gripping tire can last longer due to less (micro) slippage under high loads.


The new Grand Prix 5000 AllSeason TR is available in 4 different sizes (25-622, 28-622, 32-622, 35-622) and we applaud the addition of the 35-622 size as it makes this an exciting tire for those that ride fast touring bikes. We've tested the 25-622 size and will compare it to the 25 mm version of the 5000 S TR and a bunch of other tires from competing brands.

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Continental
Model Grand Prix 5000 All Season TR
Year 2023
Tire Type Tubeless
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range Very High
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Manufacturer part number 0101910
EAN4019238056754
TPI 4/440
Compound Black Chili
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Specified Width (mm) 25
Specified Weight 300 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 109
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 25-622 (700x25c)
28-622 (700x28c)
32-622 (700x32c)
35-622 (700x35c)

Continental Grand Prix 5000 All Season TR 25 Test Results

Continental Grand Prix 5000 All Season TR 25 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 300 grams
Measured Weight 282 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + valve + rim seal)
302 grams
Measured Width 26 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 22 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 2.5 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width 64 mm
Unmounted Tread Width Members Only
Tread Cover (Tread / Casing Ratio) Members Only
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube None (20 ml sealant)
Measured Width 26 mm (un-round)
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 132 psi/9.1 bar
25-27 = 120 psi/8.3 bar
28-29 = 108 psi/7.4 bar
Ultra High Air Pressure

(120 psi / 8.3 bar)
10.9 Watts
CRR: 0.00327
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 110 psi/7.6bar
25-27 = 100 psi/6.9 bar
28-29 = 90 psi/6.2 bar
Extra High Air Pressure

(100 psi / 6.9 bar)
11.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00348
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 88 psi/6.1 bar
25-27 = 80 psi/5.5 bar
28-29 = 72 psi/5.0 bar
High Air Pressure

(80 psi / 5.5 bar)
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 66 psi/4.6 bar
25-27 = 60 psi/4.1 bar
28-29 = 54 psi/3.7 bar
Medium Air Pressure

(60 psi / 4.1 bar)
Members Only
The Road Bike section is a multi tire size section, air pressures have been adjusted to the measured casing width.

All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Continental Grand Prix 5000 All Season TR 25 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 43 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Tread Total Tire Thickness 2.5 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

Static Grip Test Results

Continental Grand Prix 5000 All Season TR road bike tire on a grip test machine
Static Grip Test Results
Wet Grip Average 77 Points
Wet Grip Center Members Only
Wet Grip Edge Members Only
Grip in points = coefficient of friction * 100
Road bike grip test rim width = 19.0 mm

Conclusion


  • Continental Grand Prix 5000 All Season TR 25
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts

We're really impressed by the performance of the Grand Prix 5000 AllSeason TR, as it offers extreme wet grip while only rolling marginally slower. The other significant improvement is found in the sidewalls, as sidewall puncture resistance and sidewall thickness have increased by 50%. The tread puncture resistance is only slightly higher than the 5000 S TR (read our review), and you still have to rely on tubeless sealant to seal small punctures.


For an all-season tire, the tread puncture resistance comes in lower than expected, and we see this as the main shortcoming you should be aware of. Still, we can see Continental's design choice of sticking with only 2 casing layers under the tread. Adding more layers results in less flexibility and ultimately less maximum grip potential; a stiff casing and high grip don't go together when it comes to bicycle tires. Continental seems confident that the casing is strong enough, and the pros outweigh the cons of this design. When you need maximum puncture resistance, we recommend filling it with 60 ml of sealant and replacing it every 3-6 months.


The Grand Prix 5000 AllSeason TR's performance sets a new benchmark for the wet grip performance of road bike tires, and it deserves a 5 out of 5 rating.

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RATING: 5.0 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
Highly Recommended


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